The word intuition has been used increasingly in the last decade. Intuition had become a popular topic in business. As things are changing with increasing speed we don’t have time to figure out the right thing to do cognitively, with linear left-brain thinking. Instead we have to make good split-second decisions based on partial information and past experience. Malcolm Gladwell addressed this to some extent in his book Blink.
I’ve heard spiritual teachers describe intuition as tuning into the will of God, which I interpret as getting in harmony with the Tao. The essence of the wisdom of Lao Tsu in the Tao Te Ching is that suffering ends when we are in harmony with the Tao. But often, no practical method is given for being in tune with the Tao, apart from meditating. Over time, certain types of meditation will increase your harmony with the Tao, but there are times that we really need to fine-tune our intuition quickly.
I have written about removing energy blockages and how this leads to a free flow of life energy. The life energy you feel in your body, as emotions and as other subtler sensations, is the Tao. The Tao ultimately manifests in everything you perceive, but your feeling of it in your body is the most direct perception you can have of it, without merging with it completely. You can literally feel the Tao right now in your body. Say hello.
Intuition is usually considered important when you have a decision to make. At these times, if you feel any kind of unpleasant sensation or negative emotion related to the problem, it means that you have energy blockages in your body. No matter how rational we think we are, all of us make decisions based on our feelings, and then later rationalize. When there is an unpleasant sensation, we typically make decisions that we anticipate will make the sensation go away, usually temporarily. So, this is the time to focus on clearing the energy blockages, which are the real problem.
When you have a free flow of energy in your body, there is an overall feeling of being able to choose, and decisions seem obvious. This is pure intuition. This is what it means to be in harmony with the Tao, to be clear on the “will of God,” or to feel the “Holy Spirit” flowing through you.
So next time you need to make a decision, don’t do it if there are any unpleasant sensations in your body. First stop and clear the energy blockages. Then take action when there are only pleasant sensations in your body. This is how you will have good intuition and make adaptive choices using your intuition.